Barzani: Sykes-Pi­cot brought mis­er­able pe­ri­ods for Kurds

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

The on-go­ing ten­sions in Tur­key be­tween Kur­dis­tan Work­ers' Party (PKK) guer­ril­las and the Turk­ish forces have deeply con­cerned the people of Tur­key, there­fore, they have hopes in Ma­soud Barzani, the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent, to act as an in­ter­me­di­ary be­tween PKK and Tur­key and bring them back to the ne­go­ti­a­tion ta­ble.

Barzani has al­ways been, as an in­flu­en­tial fig­ure, play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role in the Peace Process in Tur­key and is trusted by all sides to be of­fi­cially in­vited to me­di­ate be­tween the con­flict­ing sides in Tur­key.

Barzani was in­vited by Tur­key's Pres­i­dent Re­ceb Tayip Er­do­gan in 2013 to at­tend an event in Di­yarbakir or­ga­nized to pro­mote peace be­tween Kurds and Tur­key, where he called on the Kur­dish and Turk­ish po­lit­i­cal sides to set­tle the is­sues through ne­go­ti­a­tion and put an end to the dis­putes ex­ist­ing be­tween them.

The Peace Process how­ever dis­con­tin­ued when con­flicts erupted be­tween Turk­ish forces and PKK guer­ril­las in July 2015, and ever since, the clashes are on­go­ing be­tween the two sides in Kur­dish ar­eas of south­east­ern Tur­key which have re­sulted in the death of over 300 civil­ians and the dis­place­ment of 200,000 others.

The Pro-Kur­dish People’s Demo­cratic Party (HDP) prefers Barzani's in­ter­ven­tion in the sit­u­a­tion to put an end to the ten­sions.

Yazar Ümit Fırat, a Turk­ish prom­i­nent au­thor, be­lieves that Barzani's me­di­a­tion be­tween PKK and Tur­key is im­por­tant at this mo­ment as the re­la­tions be­tween Ankara and Qandil are quite tensed.

Fırat told BasNews that Tur­key un­der­stands that Barzani is an in­flu­en­tial leader who is trusted by Kurds, there­fore they highly value his ef­forts and views.

"Barzani will soon take this ini­tia­tive and bring back peace and se­cu­rity to the north­ern Kur­dis­tan [Turk­ish Kur­dis­tan]” he said.

Adem Gev­eri, a HDP Mem­ber of the Turk­ish Par­lia­ment, told BasNews that Barzani will make sin­cere ef­forts in me­di­at­ing be­tween PKK and Ankara, and HDP spares no ef­forts to end the dis­putes in Tur­key.

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